It’s a new week and a new iOS 13 Public Beta has landed! iOS 13 Public Beta 3 promises to be a little more stable and pack a few surprises in to an already feature-rich release.Â
Let’s get started.
While there aren’t a lot of new features listed in the official developer release notes, that doesn’t mean there aren’t new things to be found. Here’s some of what I’ve discovered in the first couple hours of playing around with iOS 13 Public Beta 3.
- In the Activity app, the Trends tab has been modified a bit to be less in your face about missing fitness goals, changing the peppy Make it happen heading to Worth a Look. There are also new data points for stand minutes as well as walking and running pace that you’ll see fill out over the next few weeks.
- Memojis can now have different items in each ear. Helpful if you want to have just one earring or a single Airpod.Â
- The 3D Touch context menu is now a little more compact and a little more refined. Long press on the Settings icon to see what I mean.
- While you’re there, check out the new Rearrange Apps option.
- And if 3D Touch isn’t working well for you, you can now tweak the settings in Settings > Accessibility > 3D & Haptic Touch > Touch.
There was a fairly extensive list of bug fixes in last week’s iOS 13 Public Beta 2 list, so I won’t rehash them here. But the one thing that everyone discovered, namely the ability to open up your passwords in Settings without verification, has been fixed.Â
In addition, the following issues from previous releases are now fixed:
- Large photo libraries will now open in Photos without a problem.
- iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices can sign up (this apparently was fixed without notification in Public Beta 2 – thanks for everyone who let me know).
- Locally downloaded items no longer migrate back to iCloud.
- Reminders can now be enabled for managed Apple IDs.
- Attention Correction can be disabled without enabling it first.
- Quick Action icons are back to their normal size.
- Reorder songs to your heart’s content in Music, it won’t cause the app to crash anymore.
- Your beautiful, individual-ear-accessorized Memoji will now pair properly to your face.
iOS 13 Public Beta 3 is still early in the iOS 13 life cycle. As such, there are plenty of bugs right now. I’ve noticed several apps that aren’t working properly (noted below) and, occasionally, the system will just hang for no reason. You might have noticed it too – if so, make sure you’re using the Feedback app! Here are the biggest bugs facing testers in the latest release.
- The Vivint app will deliver notifications, but will not open (the company is working on an update).
- Instagram and Feedly occasionally crash for no reason.
- Speaking of, audio might not play in Instagram stories.
- iCloud data is better than it was in Public Beta 1 and 2 but still expect to see oddities in statistics.Â
- You can’t share images directly from a Mail message. You’ll need to forward the whole thing.
- Chromecast streaming is still dodgy.
- Managed accounts can request “one more minute” perpetually…just like your kids do in real life.
- Announce Messages is only kind of working with Airpods and may cause Siri to crash.Â
- WhatsApp might send duplicate notifications or quit unexpectedly.
- If you bank with Wells Fargo, you’re not imagining things, your app isn’t working.
And that’s just a snippet of what’s still broken in iOS 13 Public Beta 3. You can check out the full release notes here. I highly recommend doing so before upgrading.Â
If you see anything that gives you pause, don’t upgrade or, better yet, restore your device back to iOS 12. It’s going to be a while before that list gets any shorter.Â
So What Do I Need to Watch Out For?
One of the biggest problems in any iOS beta is battery life. The first release of a new version is, generally, stone-cold-awful when it comes to keeping your device alive.Â
This isn’t always Apple’s fault. Third-party apps need to be optimized or may run unexpectedly in the background when they’re running on an unsupported operating system. For instance, I noticed that my Garmin Connect app was chewing through over a quarter of my battery every day ever since I started the iOS 13 beta, even though I never open it.Â
Make sure you check what apps are sucking down the juice by going to Settings > Battery. Then take a look at battery trends for the day and the week. Especially if you’ve noticed a drop in battery life since you started the beta, it’s likely you’ll find a culprit in there.
Based on what we’ve seen so far, iOS 13 Developer Beta 5 will be released next week, with iOS 13 Public Beta 4 being released a day or so later.
Things are going smoothly so far this beta, so as long as you’re OK with the bug list above, and you don’t mind your daily routine being disrupted, I think now is as good of a time as any to give iOS 13 a shot.
Let me know how you’re finding iOS 13 on Twitter and I’ll see you back here in a couple of weeks!